Friday, June 18, 2010

Hasbara Hypocrisy

It's one thing for Israelis to feel prickly when they're criticized by American Jews who are thousands of miles away. They're entitled. I can even (partially) accept the exaggerated claim by holier-than-thou Israeli Defense Pundits like Dennis Prager that Jews need to make aliyah before they can articulate any public position on Israel:
While I have strong opinions on settlements, peace, territory, etc., unlike many American Jews I do not express them publicly. I do not believe it is the business of any American Jew to tell a mature democracy faced with threats to its existence what policies it should follow. Living in the safety of America, 10,000 miles away, I won’t tell you — whose lives are on the line every day — what you should do.
I'm expecting Dennis to start calling out AIPAC on its inability to stay quiet any day now.

But here's the thing, folks. You can't say that American Jews should keep their mouths shut and then pull crap like this:
Sixty-five percent of Jewish Israelis believe U.S. Jews should criticize the Obama administration's policy toward Israel, according to a survey published in June that was conducted on behalf of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.
But I thought we needed to shut up?

The survey also found that 46 percent of Jewish Israelis believe American Jews are reluctant to criticize the Obama administration's Israeli policy due to fear of being accused of dual loyalty. Meanwhile, 36 percent said that type of accusation has no effect on them.

Of course not; Israelis don't care what anyone thinks about their actions, especially goyim. You can see this reflected in the reasoned political discourse that goes on in the Knesset, press, and public rallies. (How many times can we call our opponents Nazis? Let's see...) Damn our sissy American sensibilities and need for gentile approval.
Meanwhile, 54 percent of Jewish Israelis believe that Jewish advocacy groups who work with foreign governments and call themselves "pro-Israel" should always support Israeli government policy.
Does that mean we can retroactively revoke AIPAC's pro-Israel status for its anti-Oslo activities during the Rabin years? Keeping my fingers crossed.

Hat-tip: DovBear.

1 comment:

SJ said...

Maybe it's just me, but the mainstream hasbara orgs really seemed to have dropped the ball with the flotilla incident. The best hasbara was from the We Con The World video.